Folks: I just wanted to update the community on John Bear. He's ailing from a confluence of things, so he's out-of-pocket for awhile. He's expecting to recover, but it's a slog. I don't know if he's reading this board, or how long it will be until he returns. In the meantime, please keep him in your thoughts. John influenced my life heavily twice, both involving Union. The first time was when I was forming my committee. I needed two "adjuct" advisors from outside Union. Because I'd read John's books--he was the inspiration for me wanting to study nontraditional higher education--I wrote him, almost apologetically. I told him I knew he wouldn't be able to do it, but perhaps he could recommend someone. He wrote back right away, agreeing to do it. He said no one had ever asked him--like Miss America washing her hair on Saturday night because no one asked her out, assuming she was busy! The second time was my return to Union. I had dropped my program because of several personal and professional issues, including my military duties. Having given up hope to return to Union, John asked if I wouldn't mind if he contacted Union's president at the time--whom he didn't know. She reached right out to me, inviting me to return and assuring me I'd be able to work out whatever financials were necessary. I graduated a year later. Thank you, John Bear. Thank you for your guidance. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your inspiration and insight. But most of all, thank you for your friendship. Get well soon!